WTF thedailywtf.com?

Friday, October 31, 2014

As I said in my first blog post, I'm a coding dinosaur. I've been around a long time. As a kid my favorite cartoon was Peanuts, and of course Snoopy was my favorite character. Little did I know that 50 years later thedailywtf.com would channel Snoopy's writing aspirations. Many (some?) of you may remember the beginning of Snoopy's masterpiece novel, "It was a dark and stormy night...". That's the feeling I get now when I read thedailywtf.com. Take today's entry. Really? Does it take that much to say that management is clueless about software?

I used to enjoy reading thedailywtf.com. Reading it kept me humble. It reminded me that my code was often crap, that coding is a young profession with lots to learn, that coding is a difficult endeavor even in the best circumstances, but if you add in management with little or no knowledge of coding, well... good luck. But almost everytime I read it now I just think "Why do I need to wade through all of this?". If "everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler" then thedailywtf.com misses the mark by a wide margin.

Maybe that's the whole point, they're a parody of themselves. They are using bad story writing in place of bad code writing.

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